Everyone knows not to grocery shop when you’re hungry. We all do it anyway and end up with a cart load of food we probably will never get around to eating. You also shouldn’t grocery shop with a two year old, regardless if she’s hungry or not. Every time I’m in the produce section, she’s super excited to see those bright yellow bananas. “Bananas!”, she always squeals when she rides by them. Will she eat those bananas? Nope. Does she scream if you don’t put them in the cart? Yes. It’s okay though, that means plenty of opportunities for baking this Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake. You would be squealing about bananas too.
A gorgeous retro cake made of banana, pineapple, walnuts, a crunchy cinnamon sugar streusal, and topped with a cream cheese glaze. Make this Hummingbird Coffee Cake the perfect excuse to have cake for breakfast!
You know how I know it’s time to bake with bananas? By the colony of fruit flies that have migrated to my kitchen. They hit the mecca every week. I think they’ve finally made it into the iron age, because I swear they’re wielding swords now. I want to tell them they don’t need to fight! The bananas are coming every Thursday so they can party until I get to them. I know….Ew. Guys, I swear this Hummingbird Coffee Cake is fruit fly free.
While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs. One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint. It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch. Worst job ever. My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes. Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki. Which was every 7.5 minutes. Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.
Baking baklava has always intimidated me. For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake. With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss. Well, thank you Pioneer Woman! She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava. Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough. I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch. My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites. She has a great tutorial as well.